WALI COVID-19 RESOURCES & UPDATES
Information for B.C. employers
This web page is updated regularly.
PROTOCOLS & GUIDELINES
Agriculture-specific protocols for employers of temporary foreign workers have been announced by both the federal and provincial governments and can be viewed below.
The federal government has released their requirements for employers of temporary foreign workers during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Please be sure to review the Government of Canada's guidance document (linked below) to ensure you are familiar with all new requirements and details.
The requirements document outlines recommendations for all farms to meet the orders, notices, and guidance issued by British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer and additional MANDATORY requirements for farms employing Temporary Foreign Workers and domestic workers.
View B.C. provincial requirements here, including industrial work camp requirements (updated July 28, 2020).Infection Prevention and Control Site Inspection
Scheduling an Infection Prevention and Control site inspection is a requirement under the PHO Industrial Camp Order for agriculture and aquaculture employers providing accommodation to workers. The Ministry of Agriculture has launched an online application for scheduling site inspections. Employers who have already completed an inspection are not required to have a secondary inspection unless an additional site has not yet been inspected or if the site will exceed the maximum occupancy defined in the initial inspection. Schedule your inspection here.Application to Receive Temporary Foreign Workers
The Province requires all temporary foreign workers to spend the 14-day quarantine period in government-arranged accommodations. All employers who plan to receive temporary foreign workers will be required to complete this document before they are permitted to receive workers: Application to Receive Temporary Foreign Workers.
Prior to booking travel for workers with Mi Tierra Holidays, employers will be asked to sign an agreement accepting responsibility for both federal and provincial protocols.
REMINDER: payments for charter flights cannot be made by credit card. They must be by electronic funds transfer (EFT) or direct deposit. Mi Tierra Holidays provides this information to employers who are next in line for charter seats.
Due to COVID-19, the Government of Mexico has put in place a number of requirements for all travelers entering the country, including returning citizens.Mandatory Questionnaire:
Please make sure that every Mexican worker at your farm has a copy of this document before they leave the farm. It must be filled out by all passengers flying to Mexico.
Upon their return to Mexico, SAWP workers will need to report back to their local Ministry of Labour office by phone first and schedule an appointment. If the office is closed, they can complete their reporting (on the employer) by phone.Questions
If you or any workers have questions about the requirements for workers returning to Mexico, please contact Oscar Franco with the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver. Email email@example.com or call (604) 684-1859 ext. 3135.
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada has created a checklist for the control of COVID-19 in agricultural facilities. This checklist is intended to help prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in agricultural settings. by laying out guidelines for quarantine, assessment and control plans.
Many producers are wondering, "Where do I start?". AgSafe BC has British Columbia-specific workplace COVID-19 resources for employers. Here are a few to get you started:
- Employer Protocol for Pandemic
- Agricultural Site COVID-19 Prevention Procedures
- Site Access Health Questionnaire
Click here for more AgSafe workplace resources (or see the Workplace Resources section below).
SAWP workers are now permitted to continue working beyond their end-date (up to 1-month), but are required to apply for a new work permit in order to be eligible. More details on extending work permits available here. Consent forms for extensions are available below:
- Contract Extension Form - English
- Contract Extension Form - Spanish
- Contract Extension Form - French
For AgStream workers, the following guideline is available for extending work permits:
Consular Contact Information
If you employ temporary foreign workers on your farm and anyone (domestic or seasonal) is suspected or tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the appropriate consulate or liaison service.
AgSafe BC has British Columbia-specific workplace COVID-19 information and resources for employers (ie: employer protocols, safety notice for workers, templates, agricultural site prevention procedures, etc).
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OTHER LABOUR OPPORTUNITIES
The BC Farm, Fish and Food Job Connector is a new online resource created to share jobs in agriculture, while providing agriculture employers with support for their hiring and planning needs. Job vacancies throughout BC will be posted as well as health and safety information for employers.
Go2HR has opened its tourism and hospitality focused job board to include the agriculture and food processing sector. This provides a unique opportunity to connect displaced tourism and hospitality employees with employment opportunities in agriculture. Post your current job vacancies for free on the leading tourism and hospitality job board.
BCAC/WALI will continue to link employers with labour opportunities during this challenging time.